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Masses urged to mediate between govt, Taliban

Masses urged to mediate between govt, Taliban

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Dec 18, 2016 - 21:26

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Preferring peace over war, Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq on Sunday suggested “an area should be specified where Talibaninfo-icon militants can live with their families.”

He expressed concern over a latest contact between Russia and Taliban and called it the beginning of another phase of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s destruction.

General Raziq asked the Taliban to shun their reliance on outsiders and accept people’s demand for peace and end the conflict.

This he told to a gathering of about 3000 people, including influential figures, religious scholars, public representatives and civil societyinfo-icon activists from Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul, Kabulinfo-icon, Herat, Paktia, Ghorinfo-icon, Badghis, Farah and Nimroz provinces.

First the governor of Kandahar province spoke and said the government had kept its doors open to peace talks. He said it was religious duty of the insurgents to end the conflict and put their demands on the negotiating table.

He said in the conflict, mostly civilians bore the brunt of the situation and the war had caused damages to the country’s economic, development, social, culture and religious fabrics.

He said peace was a divine order and in Afghanistan Muslims were dying on both sides. “The only way is the masses mediate between the two sides, they point to shortcomings and help end the crisis.”

Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq said peace talks were ultimate path to end the conflict and bloodshed. He said the government and the people were tired of clashes and bloodshed and it seemed the Taliban were also tired.

He urged the masses to rise and work for peace. He said Taliban were sons of the soil and a committee should be selected from among the masses for holding talks with Taliban.

He said the government and Taliban should try to advance the talks without foreigners’ intervention. Gen. Raziq urged the Taliban, living outside the country, to come to their home country and work for the motherland’s prosperity.

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